Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that is prevalent in six percent of the South African population and often goes undiagnosed. Our doctors offer vital information and advice on the disease.

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The artificial pancreas is closer than we think

The end goal for the treatment of type 1 diabetes – the artificial pancreas – is an integrated, automated system that calculates how much insulin the body needs and then delivers it – in real time.

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Double trouble

Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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Glucose intolerance and insulin-related conditions

We asked Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes, about insulin-related conditions other than diabetes and how to spot them. The umbrella term for these conditions is glucose intolerance, meaning your body does not tolerate glucose well.

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Diabetes: a growing problem

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise, says Dr Jacques van Staden, a GP at Mediclinic George who specialises in diabetes. It is also striking people earlier on in their lives as they lead sedentary lifestyles and follow diets laden with starch. But there are ways that we can stop this epidemic in its tracks.

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Five myths about diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is one of the modern world’s fastest-growing diseases. But as it spreads, so too do the myths around it. Tracy Ugarchund, a dietician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sets the record straight.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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Delicious recipes to help lower your risk of diabetes

During Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2015, we ran a competition, asking you to select three magnesium-rich ingredients from our list of 12. Four entrants then had their ingredients turned into a delicious recipe by Abigail Donnelly and the overall winner’s recipe was featured on Expresso. Here are those recipes for you to download and try.

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Manage diabetes with strength training

The second-best way to manage diabetes is by managing your diet. The best way is to manage your diet and start a strength-training programme.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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When to get tested for diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month – here’s why and where you should get tested.

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Understanding kidney disease

Dr Derek Miller, a physician and kidney specialist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, answers your FAQs about the causes of kidney disease.

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A healthy, happy pregnancy – with diabetes

if you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s entirely possible to have a relaxed, healthy pregnancy.

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Living with type 1 diabetes

Bridget McNulty, editor of Sweet Life magazine, shares her journey of living with type 1 diabetes.

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Type 1 diabetes: what’s on the menu?

If your child has Type 1 diabetes, it can often feel like every kind of food is off the menu. Fortunately, dietician Dr Ilsabe Spoelstra has some ideas.

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Diabetic foot care

A diagnosis of diabetes brings with it a number of new precautions that a patient should take.

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Type 2 diabetes – know the facts

Diabetes is more prevalent in South Africa than we could ever imagine. Know the facts to avoid becoming a statistic.

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The balancing actress

Keketso Semoko talks about the many balls she juggles as she walks the fine line that is living with type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetic meals

Diabetic and award-winning foodie Abigail Donnelly shares three delicious recipes.

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Diabetes 101

Dr Magan shares his insight on diabetes and discusses the trends in developing countries.

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Type 1 vs type 2 diabetes

Find out what the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes is here.

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